At the St Philip’s Centre, we believe that we can learn to live well together. We are not naïve about how difficult this is to achieve. There are many challenges and obstacles that make the simple task of human beings enjoying each other’s company more difficult than it ought to be. Visit My Mosque day, an initiative of the Muslim Council of Britain, is one of many ways by which these difficulties can be overcome. On 18th February 2018 I managed to visit four of the eleven Leicestershire mosques that were taking part. In each I was given a warm welcome, something tasty to eat, and more importantly, the opportunity to talk with old friends and make new friends. One of the crucial components of living well together is trust between people who see the world differently. We will never agree on everything, but we can still cooperate together and one of the roads to collaboration is via understanding of those who have a different worldview from your own. Visit My Mosque day provides an opportunity to do that. For some, it might be the first time they have stepped over the threshold of a mosque. For others, such as myself, it is a time to encourage friends in their outreach to their local community, cement existing relationships and build new ones. This year I particularly enjoyed conversations about the intricacies of calligraphy and how we organise our lives to include space for God in the midst of the pressures of work, family life and community concerns. Visit My Mosque day is an annual initiative, and if you did not manage to visit a mosque this year, then look out for opportunities in 2019. If you cannot wait that long, simply go to your local mosque and introduce yourself. I am sure you will get a good welcome.

Tom Wilson